"for most of those who have been working in the industry and who have no training whatsoever, because the media is there hyping them, they don't realize that they don't have the skill," Joke Silva.
The filmmaker and her husband Olu Jacobs, set up Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, which provides practical training of international quality in Lagos.
In this exclusive interview, the veteran spoke on why they set up the performing academy.
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"Both of us trained in England. He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, I trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. When we both came back in the early 80s, we realized that apart from the universities that were training practitioners in the performing arts, we really didn't have any Academy that was not so theory driven. We didn't have an academy that was practical driven as we have in other film industries in the world.
"We felt that we needed to bridge that gap between the University trained and those who are working in the industry who don't necessarily want to go through the university, and yet get a proper academic qualification. So it's like a vocational institution.
There are a lot of people in the industry right now. A lot of them have learnt on the job, which has made the process of us getting to that area of excellence pretty slow. Now if you come to an academy like that, it makes it quicker.
Unfortunately for us, for most of those who have been working in the industry and who have no training whatsoever, because the media is there hyping them, they don't realize that they don't have the skill, yet they are not willing to come back to learn. And that is really sad.
Watch video below for full interview.